Trooper Martyn Copleston
Recovery doesn’t necessarily mean you leave the Forces…
L/Cpl Martyn Copleston ‘Copey’ enlisted in the army on 14th December 2006. After completion of his training he joined the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment 2RTR. His first tour was to Afghanistan, being deployed in 2010 as part of Badger Squadron. Towards the end of his tour in 2011, the ‘Warthog’ armoured vehicle that Copey was driving encountered an IED. He sustained a large laceration to his right leg from shrapnel and was casevac’d by helicopter, where after 2 days in hospital at Camp Bastion he was flown back to the UK for further treatment. Copey spent time in rehab at Tidworth and was eventually declared fully fit and back to Regimental duties in April 2012.
On his injury Copey said ‘ We all know the risks when we sign up, my injury was tiny compared to many others so I was lucky, I just wanted to get fully fit and back with my Regiment on duty”
Copey is a confirmed petrol head and a very capable mechanic, we engaged with him a number of times as a mechanic but then found he had an great aptitude for driving a race car. Copey has driven at a number of races for us, it is a tight fit to get him in to a Lotus Elise but he gave it a go!
When the opportunity arose to drive the Nissan 350Z and 370Z in the Britcar series we knew a man who would fill the seat well. Copey received training from professional racing drivers including Mission Motorsport Patron Derek Bell and went on to be part of the team who successfully completed the Britcar 24hr race, overcoming adversity and competing on a level playing field with professionals in the Motorsport industry.
Driving in the Britcar 24hr was a dream I never thought I’d get to fulfill. Although I’m fully recovered and preparing to return to Afghanistan in 2013 I found that working with Mission Motorsport gave me such a morale boost. I used to race before my injury but not at as high level as I have done with Mission Motorsport. I’ve grown as a person learning new skills which I can use in the future - LCpl Martyn Copleston
Copey returned to Afghanistan with his Regiment in 2013, and continues to spend much of his free time supporting Mission Motorsport in any way possible along with his Dad who is one of our most staunch supporters.